Lamps aren’t terribly expensive — even some of the cooler ones — so you’re not going to save a lot of money by making your own. That said, if you’ve ever wanted a great project to teach you about basic electronics, MAKE’s got a simple set of instructions for creating your own energy-efficient lighting.
RGB LED lights are a great way to accent your home, but colour control usually has to be done from the light itself. If you want to control those colours over Wi-Fi, OpenPicus has put together a guide using its Flyport Wi-Fi microcontroller.
We’ve pointed out numerous times that staring at bright screens such as tablets or laptops in bed has a bad effect on your sleep patterns and your overall health. Now one study hints at an possible link between regular exposure to artificial light and levels of depression.
An important part of taking great photos or shooting great video is paying attention to your lighting. It can be frustrating when you’re shooting indoors and there just isn’t enough light for the job. Instead of struggling with desk lamps, this DIY strip light uses a heavy-duty power strip, a bunch of compact fluorescents (CFLs) and an umbrella stand to create a portable strip light that packs enough lux for photography, shooting video, or just some task lighting in the garage.
Becoming a good photographer requires several things, and one of the hardest to learn is lighting. Virtual Lighting Studio is a free web app that lets you light a (pretty awkward) subject with up to six lights so you can see how each setup affects the image. Because lighting is one of those things that you learn best by practice, this is possibly the easiest way to understand what different arrangements can do for your image.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your boring staircase, DIYer Geert shows off a simple way to safely light up your stairwell with programmable, colour-changing LED strips mounted directly to the stairs.